Refreshing Drinks For Summer

Katherine Mozisek, Staff Writer

Summer in Texas is brutally hot with temperatures often reaching 98℉, this causes everyone to stay inside away from the heat. These refreshing drinks help keep the summer cool and allow you to feel brave enough to step outside in the 3 p.m. heat.

Milkshakes are one of the classic drinks of the summer, which is a bit obvious since it pairs with french fries and burgers. To make a classic vanilla milkshake, put 10 ounces of vanilla ice cream and ⅓ cup of milk in a blender and blend until smooth,

Strawberry lemonade is just at your fingertips with this easy recipe that only takes 5 minutes. This refreshing drink can be made by combining a can of frozen lemonade with 4 cups of water and slightly frozen strawberries in a pitcher. Sir the mix to further combine the lemonade. If you would like a stronger strawberry flavor, blend fresh strawberries with a blender instead of adding frozen strawberries.

Shirley Temple was a sweet, fun child superstar and the drink that was created specifically for her matches her bright bubbly personality. To create a Shirley Temple, simply combine ¼  cup of Sprite with ½ to 1 teaspoon of grenadine syrup. Pour over ice and top with maraschino cherries.

If you are wishing for a tropical drink, the mango lassi comes highly recommended. To whip up a mango lassi, put 1 cup of chopped mangos, 1 cup of plain yogurt, ½ cup of milk, along with honey or sugar to taste into a blender. Blend for about 2 minutes and top your newly created drink with ground cardamom and enjoy.

An Arnold Palmer mixes lemonade and iced tea to create a summery drink that brightens up the summer days. To create this sweet drink, combine ⅔ cups of lemonade with ⅔ cups of iced tea into a glass filled with ice.You can easily use the same ratio to fill up a pitcher for parties and picnics.

This dark’n’stormy mocktail combines black tea with a salted lime cordial and ginger beer, creating a unique mix of flavor. First make the salted lime cordial by combining ¼ of a teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger, pepper, along with 1⁄8 of a teaspoon of cloves, lime zest from 4 limes, a cup of sugar and a teaspoon of salt. Muddle the spices together before adding 1 and 1⁄4 cups of lime juice. Mix, then pour the mixture through a sieve to collect any waste. Brew 2 cups of black tea and allow to steep for 10 minutes before cooling. To make the actual mocktail, combine the tea and salted lime cordial in a glass with ice and top with ginger beer.